USA Basketball has announced the 20 names for the national team training camp to be held this summer in advance of the FIBA World Cup in China. Most of the 35 players selected last year for the pool are no longer in the mix for various reasons. The 14 that remain are Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Eric Gordon, James Harden, Tobias Harris, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, CJ McCollum, Khris Middleton, Myles Turner and Kemba Walker. The six additions are Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and P.J. Tucker.
June 20, 2019 | 10:15 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Golden State has acquired Atlanta’s No. 41 pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. The cost: $1.3M and a 2024 second-round pick. Atlanta moved No. 44 to Miami yesterday. Hawks have Nos. 8, 10, 17 and 35 tonight. Golden State has Nos. 28, 41 and 58.
While waiting for free agency, the 30-year-old center picked up where he left off last season, working on his game with player development coach Travon Bryant. Davis has been at Brooklyn’s HSS Training Center working out and has seen Nets GM Sean Marks nearly every day. He also realizes that his time as a regular at the complex is potentially coming to a close as he considers his free agent priorities. “First is the money,” Davis said after participating in a Jr. NBA clinic and NBA Cares project to benefit service men and women at Basketball City on Wednesday. “Then, two is fit. Then, if it’s a playoff team or a non-playoff team or an old team or young team. Whatever fits best for you. The last thing I guess is the city, but for sure a guy like me is definitely the money for sure.
Heading into free agency, the Nets have Davis’ Non-Bird Rights and his cap hold is $5.3 million. “Hopefully I get a pay raise,” Davis said. “Don’t we all want a pay raise? I’ve been talking to my agent, and we’ll see what’s going to happen in July. Hopefully, I’m back in Brooklyn. But if not, I definitely enjoyed my time there, and I appreciate every minute that I had in Brooklyn. I’m still working out there every day right now. We’ll see what happens. It’s a business. You know how it goes.”
June 20, 2019 | 9:22 am EDT Update
Mike Fisher: NBA source: #Mavs covet #Bucks RFA Malcolm Brogdon but view him as ‘longshot’ 247sports.com/nba/mavericks/… (vip) pic.twitter.com/SsPcbGZXZS
Ira Winderman: Per NBA source, Heat ’24 2nd-round pick dealt to Hawks for tonight No. 44 only conveys to Atlanta if it is at No. 50-55. Goes to Cavs if 56-60. Otherwise retained by Heat. In other words, Heat keep if don’t have one of 10 best records in ’23-24 season. Also, Heat paid $1.88 cash.
June 20, 2019 | 8:51 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston has offered center Aron Baynes — $5.4M expiring contract — into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.
Sure, one-and-done players may be sexy because they did so well in just one year of experience, but it’s still, you know, one year of data. One executive sees the one-and-done problem having a compounding effect. “Whoever plays in college next year won’t play against Zion Williamson,” said a front office executive. “That reduces their competitive environment.” Which makes it tougher to evaluate, even with technology and analytics. “Although there is more information, the signal in that information has dropped,” the executive said.